BOOKS THAT HELP – DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S

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THE FORGETTERY (Rachel Ip, Laura Hughes, 3-7yrs)

In Rachel Ip and Laura Hughes’ The Forgettery (Farshore, 2021) Amelia and her granny go for a wander in the woods when they stumble upon the Forgettery – a magical place where lost memories are stored. The lyrical text takes the reader on a real adventure as the characters discover a magnificent treehouse with ladders, door, a hot air balloon and memory keepers who look after lost things. Some memories are paper-thin like butterflies. All Granny’s lost things are there, who is living with significant memory loss, but so are Amelia’s, strengthening their relationship and the intergenerational connection between them.

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Rachel’s poetic storytelling is complimented beautifully by Laura’s wistful artwork. A tender tale about where lost memories go that could initiate discussions around memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s for very young children.


THE TIDE (Clare Helen Welsh, Ashling Lindsay, 3-7yrs)

Grandad doesn’t remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me.

The Tide (Little Tiger Press, 2019) is an important and powerful story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well. Ashling’s illustrations are atmospheric and full of love and warmth, creating a thoughtful and reassuring picture book that is perfect for children who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“What I adore about The Tide most of all is that it celebrates Grandad – truly celebrates who he is… [It] conveys a wonderfully clear description of dementia – put into language that can be understood by all. It celebrates families, and their love and support for one another.” — My Book Corner

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